Lost in all of this, somehow, is the fact that one of America's most powerful and respected news organizations essentially altered the truth in its depiction of one of the most famous events ever. OK, so it wasn't exactly "Wag the Dog," but the alteration gives a particularly ugly face to a growing public disenchantment with ethics in journalism.
A series of high-profile cases of digital chicanery in recent years have increased skepticism of the entire news game from Cokie Roberts claiming she was reporting from Capitol Hill when she was standing in front of a picture of the Capitol Building to the criticism TIME took for darkening O.J. Simpson's skin on its cover. But will there be pressure for reform, and if so, from where? The FCC traditionally shies away from policing news content. So until the corporate powers dominating the news industry come up with some sort of code of ethics, don't believe everything you see and hear.